In fall 2018, Natural Habitat Adventures invited U.S.-based environmental educators to apply for the 2019 Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant.
Congratulations to Trevor Hance and Mireille Hess, the two inspiring teachers who earned our 2019 scholarship awards! Nat Hab was honored to host these creative and environmentally engaged educators on a Kingdom of the Monarchs
adventure to Mexico in January to witness the butterfly migration.
Trevor and Mireille enjoyed a firsthand experience of this astounding natural phenomenon
as millions of monarchs gathered at winter roosting sites in Central Mexico’s forested highlands. On three different excursions to the famed monarch sanctuaries, they learned all about the butterflies’ fascinating biology and behaviors.
For these deserving teachers, this was a transformative experience—both in creating lasting memories for them personally, and because they returned home with a slew of new teaching tools and heightened conservation awareness to bring to their classrooms.
Kudos to these teachers for their well-deserved awards, and for their role in promoting a rewarding future for the monarchs
Mireille Hess is a 2010 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in early childhood education. She currently teaches third grade at Edgewood Elementary in Greenfield, Wisconsin. Mireille is a member of the Monarch Teachers Network and Friends of the Monarch Trail, a collaborative effort to preserve and restore an essential butterfly migration stopping point in this urban setting. Throughout the year Mireille teaches many lessons about the monarch butterfly in her classroom and community. She is excited to add stories, pictures and lessons to her presentations after the trip.
Trevor is Coordinator for Enrichment and the Environment at Laurel Mountain Elementary in Austin, Texas. From backcountry weeks with his daughters to developing inclusive outdoor spaces for people on the autism spectrum and teaching environmental law, Trevor is dedicated to exploring curiosity and building a better tomorrow. He believes we are collectively stronger when everyone participates, and when we are all connected to the natural world. Cultivating these foundations creates a lasting legacy, creating support for successful stewardship and sustainability.
Want to have your own monarch butterfly adventure in Mexico this winter? Call 800-543-8917 or check out our Kingdom of the Monarchs
webpage to learn more!
Monarch Education Resources
Educators and parents—looking for resources to help your students explore and understand the natural world around them? Check out World Wildlife Fund's Wild Classroom for a comprehensive Monarch Toolkit
to help you inspire the next generation to create a future where people and nature thrive!